City Announces Road Closures for 2019 St. Patrick’s Day Parade

For immediate release:

Contact: Sarah Reyes sarah.reyes@phila.gov (215) 686-6210

For resident questions ose@phila.gov (215) 686-3488 

PHILADELPHIA – Road closures, parking restrictions and details for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade were announced today by the City. The parade, organized by the Philadelphia St. Patrick’s Day Observance Association, will take place Sunday, March 10, beginning at 11:15 a.m.

This year’s parade will begin at 16th Street and John F. Kennedy Boulevard, proceeding through the historic Independence Mall area, and ending at Penn’s Landing. The performance area and main grandstands will be located at 5th and Market Streets. The 2019 parade will air live on Fox 29 from 12 p.m until 3 p.m. on March 10.

The 2019 St. Patrick’s Day Parade is a “rain or shine” event. Traffic delays can be expected during the course of the event. Motorists are advised to avoid the area by using alternate routes; allow for extra driving time in areas near the event; and refrain from double-parking, which creates congestion, limits traffic flow and is illegal.

Road Closures
All parade participants will enter at 30th Street and Schuylkill Avenue and assemble from 20th Street to 16th Street along John F. Kennedy Boulevard beginning at 9:00 a.m.

The parade will commence at 11:15 a.m., starting at 16th Street and John F. Kennedy Boulevard and proceeding eastbound on Market Street to Penn’s Landing. The parade is scheduled to conclude at 3:00 p.m.

The following streets will be closed starting at 5:30 a.m. until approximately 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 10:

  • Market Street between 6th Street and 5th Street

The following streets will be closed starting at 9:00 a.m. until approximately 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 10:

  • John F. Kennedy Boulevard between 20th Street and 15th Street
  • 20th Street between Market Street and Arch Street
  • 19th Street between Market Street and Arch Street
  • 18th Street between Market Street and Arch Street
  • 17th Street between Market Street and Arch Street
  • 16th Street between Market Street and Arch Street
  • 15th Street between Market Street and Arch Street

The following streets will be closed starting at 10:00 a.m.(or earlier, depending on traffic conditions) until approximately 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 10:

  • John F. Kennedy Boulevard between 15th Street and Juniper Street
  • Juniper Street between John F. Kennedy Boulevard and Market Street
  • Market Street between Juniper Street and Front Street
  • All cross streets on Market Street from 13th Street to Front Street, between Chestnut Street and Arch Street
  • Front Street between Market Street and Chestnut Street

Parking Restrictions
The following streets will be posted as “Temporary No Parking” zones from 6:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 10:

  •  1400-2000 block of John F. Kennedy Boulevard

The following streets will be posted as “Temporary No Parking” zones from 5:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 10:

  • 5th Street between Chestnut Street and Market Street
  • 6th Street between Chestnut Street and Race Street
  • Race Street between 5th Street and 6th Street
  • Market Street from Juniper Street to Front Street
  • Front Street between Market Street and Chestnut Street

Motorist must adhere to “Temporary No Parking” signs. Vehicles parked in these locations during posted hours will be relocated.

Public Transportation
SEPTA Bus Routes 2, 4, 5, 16, 17, 21, 23, 42, 45, 27, 31, 32, 33, 38, 44, 47, 47M, 48, 57, 61, 124 and 125 will be detoured from their normal routes through the Center City area and Old City area beginning at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 10 through approximately 5:00 p.m. Detours will be posted, and specific route changes are available on the System Status Page at www.septa.org.

Regional Rail
Attendees utilizing Regional Rail Lines are strongly discouraged from carrying bags, backpacks, or satchels of any kind. All bags are subject to search, and therefore, the presence of bags could create delays in allowing attendees to enter the event. Attendees will not be permitted onto Regional Rail with cups or liquids of any kind.

Public Safety Information
Items NOT allowed along the route of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade include:

  • Weapons and contraband of any kind
  • Fireworks or explosives
  • Illegal or illicit substances of any kind
  • Alcohol beverages (Open Container Law will be strictly enforced)
  • Skateboards, motorized vehicles or scooters (excluding motorized wheelchairs or similar equipment)
  • Laser pointers
  • Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) & drones of any kind

Attendees should never leave bags or other items unattended. In the event of an emergency or to report a suspicious person, activity or item (backpack, package, container, etc.), notify a police officer immediately or call 9-1-1. Do not try to open, move, cover or touch a suspicious item.

In addition, the public should expect congestion in the area. If you are attending the event, make a plan regarding driving, public transit, parking, and supervision of children. It is recommended that attendees wear comfortable, weather-appropriate attire.

For tips and general information about being prepared and ready at special events, read the Special Event Safety Guide before you attend.

For more information, visit: http://phillyparade.com/

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